Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) & Snowflake Photography

Wilson A. Bentley - The Snowflake Man

Wilson  “Snowflake” Bentley 1925

Have you ever wondered who made the discovery that ” “no two snowflakes are alike?” Well, if you don’t know it happened in a small rural town in Vermont by Wilson Bentley. Did I already know this or did I just learn about it.  The answer is the latter.

1-Snowflake Bentley copyAfter watching a DVD called “Snowflake Bentley,” I became intrigued with what fascinated Willie Bentley when he was a boy. Snowflakes became his world of interest after he found no two snowflakes were exactly alike. He tried to draw them, but they melted before he could finish the sketch. Finally he found a way to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885. Now, I’m anxious to look at his book from 1931 called “Snow Crystals” and reserved a copy from my local  library’s database. It’s a 1962 unabridged and unaltered republication of the work first publication back in 1931 showing thousands of snowflakes images.

Note: Bentley wrote and published over 60 articles. You can find sampling of these writings on this link here. And, to learn more about Wilson A. Bentley, check this website: Snowflake Bentley ..that’s where I found his black & white photograph.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, June 30, 2013


Filed under Authors, Books, Photography

8 responses to “Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) & Snowflake Photography

  1. I just wrote a post about Bentley http://www.trip-logic.com/the-man-who-loved-snowflakes-places-to-visit-if-you-love-them-too/ He was such an interesting guy. I found it interesting that he never married and that the townspeople didn’t really understand/like his work. He must have been a lovely man to be so devoted to the beauty of nature.

  2. and I’ve learned something new today…

  3. I didn’t know this and about Wilson Bentley. It’s fascinating that he discovered about the snowflakes and also wrote so much about it. Nice post!

  4. Very interesting – that is a very attractive book cover

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